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Top Medicare Articles

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  • Executive who oversaw troubled rollout of Obama's health care law resigns from government

    Medicare's top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over the president's health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded coverage. Marilyn Tavenner's...
  • Medicare chief steps down with 'sadness and mixed emotions'

    Medicare chief steps down with 'sadness and mixed emotions'
    Medicare's top administrator unexpectedly resigned Friday, becoming the latest casualty in the turmoil over the president's health care law, which is still struggling for acceptance even as millions benefit from expanded coverage. Marilyn Tavenner's...
  • Online services help patients avoid the hassles of ER waits, calling for doctor appointments

    It's like OpenTable for medical appointments. No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings. Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling patients...
  • GOP taking reins on Capitol Hill, maps agenda focusing on economy, deficit cuts, no stumbles

    In the first Republican-dominated Congress to confront President Barack Obama, GOP leaders will focus on bolstering the economy and cutting the budget — and oh yes, avoiding self-inflicted calamities that make voters wonder if the party can govern...
  • Social Security Q&A: How to estimate retirement benefits

    Q: I'm not sure when I'm going to retire so I want to estimate my retirement benefit at several different ages. What's the easiest way to do that? A: Using our Retirement Estimator is easy at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator , and it's the best...
  • The mortal threat to Medicaid -- and how to fix it

    The mortal threat to Medicaid -- and how to fix it
    Jan. 1 was a red-letter day for America's provision of healthcare to its poorest residents--and we do mean red. That was the expiration day of a two-year bump in Medicaid reimbursements for primary care physicians seeing Medicaid patients. The raise,...
  • Medicare cuts a prescription for disaster

    When it was announced that more than $700 billion would be stripped from Medicare to help finance the Affordable Care Act, one wondered how that would affect the health care of seniors as well as those providing it. Well, wait no longer for the answer....
  • California's Rep. Ami Bera hopes for some common ground in 2015; a question and answer

    WASHINGTON Rep. Ami Bera was sworn in Tuesday for a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, but only a few months ago, his return to the Capitol was anything but certain. Bera, a Democrat who represents California's 7th District, started...
  • Sen. Kaine introduces bill to negotiate Medicare prescription costs

    U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va, has introduced a new bill to overturn the non-interference clause that prevents the government from negotiating drug costs for Medicare. Such a bargaining tool has long been considered a way to reduce costs for the Medicare...
  • Analysis: Doctors may shun patients after Medicaid compensation cuts

    WASHINGTON Starting this month, many doctors who were likely to expand basic medical care offered to low-income Americans a goal of the 2010 health care law could see Medicaid fees drop an average of almost 43 percent. The development could make the...
  • Steven Brill's 'America's Bitter Pill' tackles healthcare mess

    When it comes to healthcare, the United States is a pitiable mess. As Steven Brill writes in "America's Bitter Pill," the country spent $3 trillion on it in 2014, far more than any other developed country; more, in fact, "than the next ten biggest...